Movie News Monday for June 17, 2013.

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Movie News Monday!” (“MNM!”)!!

What is ‘MNM’ all about?

In case this is your first time here, “Movie News Monday!” (MNM) is the place to visit every Monday for a quick recap of trending entertainment news! I’ve collected info, rumors, etc from all over just for you to keep you updated on movies being released, actors/actresses in roles, dvd releases to keep a lookout for, which movie won in the box office over the weekend, etc! Are you ready for your weekly update? Here it is!monday

This Just In!!…

#1- “The Weekend Winner.”  Last weekend, 2 wide new releases entered the Top Ten of the box office arena. What a SUPER weekend it was as Man of Steel turned out to be Man of Gold and took the top spot (as expected)! In other box office news, Iron Man 3 is just shy of the $400M mark with approx $399,610,000 already. Wow! As predicted last week, The Purge was purged from the top spot as it dropped in earnings a whole 76% from its debut weekend and shortlived popularity.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, June 14-Sun, June 16:

  1. Man of Steel ~$113M
  2. This is the End ~$20.5M
  3. Now You See Me ~$10.3M
  4. Fast & Furious 6 ~$9.4M
  5. The Purge ~$8.2M
  6. The Internship ~$7M
  7. Epic ~$6M
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness ~$5.7M
  9. After Earth ~$3.8M
  10. Iron Man 3 ~$2.9M

*Actuals may vary as earnings are updated much later on Monday afternoons. For updates, visit

Congratulations to Man of Steel (read my review).MAN OF STEEL

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “21 Despicable Photos” Here are some of the latest shots from Despicable Me 2 that is scheduled to hit theaters this summer. I am really looking forward to this one as I so loved the first one very much. Check out the gallery below: (To view fullscreen slideshow, click any photo and scroll with the arrow keys)

Official synopsis:

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, and many more. Despicable Me 2 opens on July 3rd in both 2D and 3D.despicableme2

Did you like the first one? Are you ready for more Gru?

#3- “Schwarzenegger Comes Back to TWO Franchises. He always said he’d be back. This past week, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his expected return to not one, but TWO, action franchises.arnold-terminator-almostdidnotstar

Terminator 5 and The Expendables 3 will both star the iconic action hero.

In fact, I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star AS the Terminator, which we start shooting in January and I’m also going to do King Conan – to play that role and also to do another Twins movie. So I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I’m looking forward to doing those films.

As already reported earlier this year, Schwarzenegger is also set to return as Conan in an upcoming sequel AND to do another Twins movie as he just stated above. So the addition of Terminator 5 comes as no surprise. It is set to begin filming this January.arnold-schwarzenegger-will-be-back-for-the-expendables-3-header

And when it comes to August 15, 2014’s The Expendables 3:

“Not only did Arnold confirm to TheArnoldFans that he will be in Expendables 3, he added that he’s going to start filming in August in Los Angeles!”

Are you happily welcoming the Terminator’s return?

#4- “Bullock to teach in the School of Hard Knocks” Remember the Annie remake that has been in the works? Director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) already has Beasts of the Southern Wild star, Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis set to star as the lead (originally was to be Willow Smith), Jamie Foxx to star as Daddy Warbucks (recently renamed to “Benjamin Stacks”) and Will Smith and Jay-Z both sitting in the producer chairs.annie

Well now Sandra Bullock is in early negotiations to star as Miss Hannigan who is the rather mean woman who runs the orphanage and is the reason for the recognized song “It’s a Hard Knock Life” in the musical. After seeing Bullock act all tough in The Proposal, I’m sure that this role will be a shoe-in for her.sandra

The remake of the 1982 classic is being retold for audiences and is currently scheduled for a December 25, 2014 release.

You can see Bullock next in The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and in Gravity with George Clooney.

Are you interested in this Annie remake?? 

#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:

Jack the Giant Slayer– This one wasn’t a big hit with me, but several others seemed to like it enough. Starring Nicolas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci and more, this retelling of the classic tale of a boy and some beans is visual intriguing to say the least (or the most). Check out my full thoughts in my review for this film HERE and decide if it’s a tall tale you wish to watch.jack

Several other films also release this week. Check it out!

Also releasing:

  • Movie 43 [the ONLY movie I’ve EVER walked out on] (read my REVIEW)
  • Stoker (read Flixchatter’s REVIEW)
  • Quartet (read Flixchatter’s REVIEW)
  • The Brass Teapot (read Filmhipster’s REVIEW)
  • …and more.

Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: “Time to Vote Tuesday!”


  1. Thanks for the link love!! Hey, not surprised you walked out of Movie 43, I’m not interested in that one in the slightest. Glad to see Man of Steel made a June record. There’s even talks already we may get the sequel by next year 😀


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